St. Thomas Scholarships and Matching Programs

Select a scholarship fund below to learn more about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines. All scholarships are renewable unless otherwise noted.

St. Thomas Institutional Scholarships

St. Thomas Academic Scholarships and Awards are merit-based funds awarded based on academic achievement and contributions made to one's school and community. About 97 percent of incoming freshman students receive one of these scholarships.

Amount: $9,000 - $30,000 per year

Eligibility: Prospective freshmen students are automatically considered for these funds upon admission.

These merit-based awards recognize transfer students who have demonstrated academic success at the post-secondary level.

Amount: $3,000 - $20,000/year

Eligibility: Prospective transfer students pursuing their first first bachelor's degree are automatically considered upon admission.

Awards are renewable provided the recipient:

  • Remains consecutively enrolled as a full-time student at St. Thomas
  • Maintains a St. Thomas GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Has fewer than 176 total credits (total transfer plus all attempted St. Thomas credits)

Amount: 10% to 70% of tuition

Eligibility: Prospective international undergraduate students

Application:

  1. Apply for admission to St. Thomas.
  2. Submit one or more letter(s) of recommendation from a teacher, coach or school administrator. 
  3. Submit a one-page essay explaining why you deserve a scholarship. 

Contact:
International Admissions
international@stthomas.edu
(651) 962-6650

Scholarships will be awarded based on a holistic review of each student’s application. We will take into consideration the applicant’s grades in school, exam scores, essay(s), letter(s) of recommendation, extracurricular activities and any other supplemental materials submitted by the student.

‌The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University of St. Thomas will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition per year. The scholarship is open to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study.

Eligibility:

  • Be a freshman international applicant to St. Thomas.
  • Attend (or have graduated from) a secondary school outside of the United States.
  • Meet all the St. Thomas international admissions requirements.
  • Have a demonstrated history of academic excellence.
  • Demonstrate interest and personal initiative in activities involving intercultural learning and exchange.

Application:

  1. Complete your application to St. Thomas, including all supporting documents, by January 15, 2019.
  2. Submit the #YouAreWelcomeHere application to international@stthomas.edu by January 15, 2019.
  3. If awarded a scholarship, submit your confirming deposit by May 1, 2019

Amount: $1,000 - $3,000 per year

Eligibility:

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Composite ACT of at least 25 or SAT of at least 1210

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Named in honor of St. Thomas’ 14th President, the Reverend Dennis Dease, who was committed to making a St. Thomas education accessible to students from all socio-economic backgrounds, the University of St. Thomas annually selects 10-15 well-qualified students to receive a full-tuition Dease Scholarship.

Amount: Full-tuition

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Underrepresented domestic, first-generation students and/or graduates from urban high schools

Deadline: Feb. 20, 2019

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Scholarship Details

National Merit Finalists who enroll at St. Thomas will be awarded funds in addition to any scholarships previously awarded by St. Thomas.

Amount: $10,000 per year in National Merit funds or related funds

Eligibility: Students selected as National Merit Finalists who declare St. Thomas as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and who qualify for either a college-sponsored award or a $2,500 National Merit single-payment award.

Scholarship Details

With RaiseMe, prospective students can earn micro-scholarships from St. Thomas for their achievements inside and outside of the classroom.

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Opus College of Business Scholarships

Amount: $10,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in business
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Composite ACT of at least 26 or SAT of at least 1240

Application: Eligible students must complete an application and be invited to attend the Fauth Business Scholarship Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. The four scholarship recipients will be notified in March 2019.

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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The GHR Fellows program is a highly competitive, transformational undergraduate experience for students pursuing careers in business. Fellows receive full-tuition scholarships to the University of St. Thomas and customized programming designed to deliver leadership experiences – including global exposure through a fully funded J-Term study abroad experience.

Amount: Full-tuition between St. Thomas and GHR funding

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in business
  • Cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.7
  • Composite ACT of at least 28 or SAT of at least 1310
  • Embody the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas
  • Model the values of GHR by demonstrating that you are ethical, innovative, globally aware and engaged in your community

Application: Eligible students must complete an application by Jan. 3, 2018 and be invited to attend the GHR Fellows Program Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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Scholarship Details

These competitive scholarships are awarded by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship to applicants with proven entrepreneurship potential who intend to major in Entrepreneurship. Multiple full-tuition scholarships will be awarded each year to qualified candidates.

Amount: Full tuition between St. Thomas and Schulze funding

Eligibility:

  • Prospective freshmen who have applied to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Entrepreneurship
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Composite ACT of at least 27 or SAT of at least 1280

Application: Eligible students must complete an application by Jan. 3, 2018 and be invited to attend the Schulze Innovation Program Test Day held on Feb. 23, 2019. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Jan. 3, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in entrepreneurship

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Liberal Arts Scholarships

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Involved in parish and Latino community
  • Intend to major or minor in Catholic Studies

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Amount: $1,000 - $7,500 per year

Eligibility: Students considering majors in music, music performance, music education, music business or liturgical music

Application:

  • Online application
  • Audition video
  • Two music recommendations
  • Music theory and aural skills assessment
  • If selected, perform at the on-campus scholarship invitational on March 2, 2019.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

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Scholarship Details

The ThreeSixty Journalism Program helps diverse Minnesota youth tell the stories of their lives and communities through strong writing and reporting. The University of St. Thomas awards one full-tuition scholarship each year to an eligible ThreeSixty participant.

Amount: Full tuition

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp
  • Intend to major in Communication and Journalism

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

Named in honor of Father James Whalen, long-time faculty member and department chair who specialized in Media Ethics, this scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, demonstrated aptitude for communication and commitment to community service and career-related activities.

Amount: $2,000 per year

Eligibility: 

  • Prospective freshmen who have been admitted to St. Thomas
  • Intend to major in Communication and Journalism

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

STEM Scholarships

St. Thomas will offer one $10,000 renewable Engineering Board of Governor's Scholarship based on demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Who can apply?

Students admitted to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intend to major in Engineering. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of junior year as reported on their official transcript or an official ACT composite test score of at least 24 or total SAT score of at least 1180.

Applicants must be admitted to St. Thomas and complete a scholarship application by the deadline set by the Board of Governor's Scholarship Committee. Finalists are invited to interview with the scholarship committee.

Deadline: March 7, 2019

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Scholarship Details

These competitive scholarships are awarded by the St. Thomas Division of Science, Mathematics and Engineering to top candidates who intend to major in Science, Mathematics and/or Engineering. Two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 semi-finalist scholarships are awarded each year.

Full-tuition scholarships replace any gift aid previously awarded to the student by St. Thomas. The $8,000 semi-finalist scholarships will be awarded in addition to any gift aid already awarded to the student by St. Thomas.

Who can apply?

Applicants must apply for admission to St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate who intends to major in Science, Mathematics and/or Engineering.

Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 or higher by the end of junior year as reported on the official transcript and a minimum ACT composite score of 27 or minimum SAT total score of 1280. 

Application: Eligible students must complete an application and be invited to attend the Science, Math and Engineering Test Day held on Jan. 19, 2019. Scholarship recipients are notified in March 2019. 

Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018

St. Thomas Contact: Dr. Kerri Carlson (Biology) (651) 962-5222 and Dr. Brenda Kroeschel (Math) (651) 962-5537 or sciencescholarship@stthomas.edu

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Scholarship Details

Other Scholarships

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships are available for Air Force, Army, and Navy/Marine ROTC students. Scholarship amounts vary based on the level of scholarship received.

The Air Force Detachment 410 is located in Murray-Herrick Campus Center.  The Army Gopher Battalion and the Navy/Marine options are both located in the Armory at the University of Minnesota.

Who can apply?

Criteria and deadlines to apply are determined by the respective military branches.

Application: High school seniors who want to be considered for college ROTC scholarships will need to apply through the respective websites for the Air Force, Army, or Navy (including Marines) during the summer preceding senior year or the fall of senior year. Students already in college should speak to the local ROTC detachment regarding ROTC scholarship opportunities. For more information, please use the contact information provided.

Contacts:

Air Force ROTC Detachment 410, (651)962-6320 or (800)328-6819, Ext. 26320 or afrotc@stthomas.edu

Army ROTC, (612)625-3062 or arotc@umn.edu

Navy ROTC, (612)625-6677 or nrotc@umn.edu 

St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar up to $2,000 per academic year, scholarships received by full-time undergraduate students from a Dollars for Scholars chapter affiliated with Scholarship America.

Application: Begin by creating a student profile on the Scholarship America website.  Then use the site to find Dollars for Scholars affiliate chapters, apply for Dollars for Scholars scholarships and other scholarship opportunities administered by Scholarship America.  Update your Scholarship America profile to report that the University of St. Thomas is your college choice. 

Each Dollars for Scholars affiliate is instructed by Scholarship America to mail the Dollars for Scholars affiliate check along with a Matching Request Form to the financial aid office in order for the matching gift to be processed.  In the event the affiliate presents the check directly to the student, the university will match the scholarship provided the student forwards a check drawn from the account of an affiliated Dollars for Scholars chapter to the financial aid office.  Matching funds are provided only for affiliated Dollars for Scholars awards, not any other Scholarship America scholarship program. 

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu

St. Thomas matches, dollar for dollar up to $4,000 per year, scholarships received from the Horatio Alger Association.

Horatio Alger Scholarships are competitively awarded to full-time undergraduate students from economically challenged households who have demonstrated integrity and determination in overcoming adversity in their lives and who have shown the academic potential and personal aspiration to make a unique contribution to society.

Matching funds are provided at the time the association disburses its scholarships to the financial aid office.   

Eligibility: Must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in their first four years of undergraduate study.  

Contact: Horatio Alger Association, (844) 422-4200, association@horatioalger.org

Apply for Scholarship

The Page Foundation (established by Alan Page, former Minnesota Viking, National Football League Hall of Fame member and Minnesota Supreme Court justice) provides scholarships to students of color from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area who want to pursue higher education. 

Page Education Foundation Grant recipients who enroll as full-time undergraduate students at UST receive a matching grant of the value of the scholarship they are awarded by the Page Foundation, up to a maximum of $2,500. For more information, contact the Page Education Foundation or visit their website. 

Contact: Page Education Foundation, (612) 332-0406

Scholarship Details

Outside Scholarships Supported by St. Thomas

Eligibility: Students with one-fourth or more Indian ancestry who are Minnesota residents and members of a federally recognized Indian tribe may apply for need-based awards from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE).

Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in the spring for the following year of school.

Application: Applications are available online or to download on the MOHE Indian Scholarship website.

Contact: Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program and Minnesota Office of Higher Education, (651)642-0567 or (800)657-3866

Scholarship Details

Eligibility: Dependent children and the surviving spouse of a Minnesota public safety officer killed in the line of duty on or after January 1, 1973 are eligible to receive educational benefits.

Application: Obtain an application from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and a certificate of eligibility from the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety.

Submit the completed application to the St. Thomas Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid Office, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu 

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The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience.

Who is eligible?

In general, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible Minnesota college or university in an eligible teacher preparation program that requires at least 12 weeks of student teaching in order for the teacher candidate to be recommended for a full professional teaching license;
  • Intend to teach in an identified license shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce;
  • Be meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements as defined by the University of St. Thomas;
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application for the aid year; and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Award Amounts:

On a funds available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500 for one term on a first-come, first-served basis.

Priority Deadline:

Eligible students with complete applications on file with the MN Office of Higher Education (MOHE) by the priority deadline will be considered for awards in the specified term.  After all available funds have been awarded, completed applications will be placed on a waiting list.  Applications will still be accepted after the priority deadline but students are much less likely to be awarded.

To allow the University of St. Thomas Financial Aid Office time to review and complete the College or University Section of your application, we recommend having the application components listed below submitted to the Financial Aid Office one week prior to the MN Office of Higher Education (MOHE) priority deadline.

  Fall 2018 Spring/Summer 2019
Suggested Deadline to submit application materials to St. Thomas August 10, 2018 December 7, 2018
MOHE Application Priority Deadline August 17, 2018 December 14, 2018

Application Requirements:

The following items must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office before the College or University Section of the application can be completed and submitted to MOHE:

Once you have submitted the items listed above to the Financial Aid Office, your application will be processed within one week.

 

Students of Indian ancestry are encouraged to contact their tribal education office to learn of any tribal funds that may be available to assist with educational expenses.

St. Thomas Contact: Financial Aid Office, (651) 962-6550, financialaid@stthomas.edu